Economist (m/f) for the International Water Stewardship Program

, , DE

Field of activity

The proliferation of water crises is the biggest global risk facing countries and industries (2015 World Economic Forum Global Risk Report). In many developing and emerging economies water-related hazards such as floods, shortages and pollution, create increasing economic risks, threatening private sector profits, supply chains and investments. These hazards also massively impact on communities and governments, threatening to choke socio-economic development. New partnerships among governments, companies and communities must be forged urgently to address these threats effectively. In response, the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) promotes corporate water stewardship and multi-stakeholder collective action for water security. To assess and manage water risks IWaSP utilizes cutting edge approaches as well as tools for enabling partnerships. IWaSP is active in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Pakistan, Saint Lucia, Grenada and Zambia.

Your tasks

As an Economist you will be part of a technical advisory team at the headquarter in Germany providing technical support to programme countries

  • Develop and demonstrate the “economic case for action” for multistakeholder partnerships (businesses, pulblic sector, civil society) on catchment/city level to jointly reduce water risks and create shared benfits
  • Strengthen the link between water and economic development:  how do water risks and mitigation measures affect jobs, investments, tax income, and economic development
  • Strengthen the case for private and public investments into water resources management for economic development
  • Contribute proactively to the development of programme services
  • Support in acquisition, monitoring, knowledge management and presentation of impacts

Your profile

  • Master degree in Economics with focus on e.g. environmental management
  • Long standing working experience in economics
  • Experience in working on topics concerning natural resources and water
  • Knowledge of tools such as natural capital valuation, payment for ecosystem services, loss & damage
  • Experience of working in developing countries (in Africa is of added value)
  • Experience of multi-stakeholder partnerships and processes
  • Knowledge of the principles of water stewardship and collective action
  • Good sense of realistic implementation
  • Interest in contributing to the development of cutting edge tools on water risks
  • Fluent English language skills, good German language skills

Assignment period

As soon as possible – 31.12.2018

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